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The importance of language in international development cooperation - a Cambodian case study

Lindberg, Nina LU (2012) UTVK01 20121
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
As in most places in the world, English is the first language used within development cooperation in Cambodia. Language is not a neutral tool of communication and each language builds on the history and culture in which it has been shaped.

Drawing on a theoretical framework often summed up as languages of development, this case study aims to make a contribution to the debate about the importance of language in development cooperation. It is a case study of one gender project at a local youth organisation in Cambodia.

The study finds that it is difficult to distinguish specific effects of language choice from other political and economic factors involved in development cooperation, but that speaking in English drastically limits the... (More)
As in most places in the world, English is the first language used within development cooperation in Cambodia. Language is not a neutral tool of communication and each language builds on the history and culture in which it has been shaped.

Drawing on a theoretical framework often summed up as languages of development, this case study aims to make a contribution to the debate about the importance of language in development cooperation. It is a case study of one gender project at a local youth organisation in Cambodia.

The study finds that it is difficult to distinguish specific effects of language choice from other political and economic factors involved in development cooperation, but that speaking in English drastically limits the possibility to speak to most of the intended beneficiaries and puts a lot of responsibility upon local development practitioners who can mediate between international actors and ordinary citizens. (Less)
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author
Lindberg, Nina LU
supervisor
organization
course
UTVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Cambodia, language of development, Khmer language, local NGO's, international development cooperation
language
English
id
3044776
date added to LUP
2012-10-15 14:13:01
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2012-10-15 14:13:01
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  abstract     = {As in most places in the world, English is the first language used within development cooperation in Cambodia. Language is not a neutral tool of communication and each language builds on the history and culture in which it has been shaped. 

Drawing on a theoretical framework often summed up as languages of development, this case study aims to make a contribution to the debate about the importance of language in development cooperation. It is a case study of one gender project at a local youth organisation in Cambodia. 

The study finds that it is difficult to distinguish specific effects of language choice from other political and economic factors involved in development cooperation, but that speaking in English drastically limits the possibility to speak to most of the intended beneficiaries and puts a lot of responsibility upon local development practitioners who can mediate between international actors and ordinary citizens.},
  author       = {Lindberg, Nina},
  keyword      = {Cambodia,language of development,Khmer language,local NGO's,international development cooperation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The importance of language in international development cooperation - a Cambodian case study},
  year         = {2012},
}